DHL launches its new Asia Pacific Innovation Center

DHL launches its new Asia Pacific Innovation Center

Logistics provider DHL has launched its Asia Pacific Innovation Center (APIC) in Singapore, to offer a visionary view of the logistics world and develop innovative solutions to meet evolving supply chain needs.

The multi-million dollar facility is DHL’s first innovation center outside of Germany, and the first dedicated center for innovative logistics services in the Asia Pacific region. It is located within the DHL Supply Chain Advanced Regional Center (ARC) building at Singapore’s Tampines LogisPark.

From left: Pang Mei Yee, vice-president, Innovation, Solution Delivery & Service Management, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation Asia Pacific; Bill Meahl, chief commercial officer, DHL; Matthias Heutger, senior vice-president, Strategy, Marketing & Innovation, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation; Lee Eng Keat, director, Logistics and Natural Resources, Singapore Economic Development Board.

Launched with the support of the Economic Development Board (EDB), the APIC showcases futuristic technologies that will transform logistics operations. These include augmented reality “smart glasses” for warehouse assembly lines and product picking; drones for delivery of time-critical goods like medicines; Maintenance on Demand (MoDe) vehicles that use machine-to-machine (M2M) sensors to boost vehicle uptime by 30%; and driverless shuttles for faster, more efficient transportation.

Besides showcasing the latest in logistics trends and innovation, APIC serves as a regional platform for collaborative innovation among DHL, customers, industry partners, and independent experts. The center will drive DHL’s Trend Research initiatives focusing on emerging trends in Asian logistics and economic activity.

Visitors can enjoy customized visits with a selection of services offered by APIC, ranging from guided center tours, to workshops, events and forums.

The Singapore center is modeled after DHL’s first innovation center in Germany, which has been relaunched with a brand new look earlier in 2015. Besides providing a second customer-centric innovation platform that caters to the Asian market, APIC will also invest in capabilities in analytics, e-commerce, and last-mile solutions for Asia Pacific markets.

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